New RSPCA figures show the number of incidents of dog cruelty reported has increased by a sizeable margin in Buckinghamshire.
Statistics from the welfare organization reveal a 14% rise in instances of mistreatment towards dogs, our loyal companions.
Last year, the RSPCA received 518 reports within the county, an increase from 452 cases reported in the previous year, 2021.
The data encompasses incidents such as attempted harm, poisoning, physical abuse, inappropriate killing, and acts of mutilation.
All these falls under intentional harm. In Bucks, the RSPCA classified over 100 such incidents within a year.
During summer, incidents of cruelty surge, and the organization anticipates its most active period of the year.
The RSPCA’s Cancel Out Cruelty initiative is spreading these statistics to raise donations aimed at supporting their frontline rescue operations.
Acting Chief Inspector Stephen Reeves of Buckinghamshire highlighted dogs’ enduring role as loyal and loving companions, cherished for centuries.
“Yet these distressing figures unveil a contrasting narrative. Dogs, sadly, endure the highest abuse rates and warrant the most investigations.”
“Those who hold concern for animals will feel disheartened by the frequency of reports involving dogs subjected to cruelty. We rely on public support through donations to sustain our frontline efforts in rescues and investigations.”
“People caring for animals will be deeply disturbed by the numerous reports of dogs facing abuse through kicking, beating, burning, and worse. Donations support our essential frontline work.”
Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said: “Right now, animal cruelty is happening in England and Wales on a massive scale and rising. It is heartbreaking that we are seeing such sad figures which show animal cruelty is, very sadly, on the rise.”